Small bedrooms can present some decorating dilemmas. With a queen size bed centered along one wall, you’re already down to less than two feet of space on either side of the bed. Even with a twin bed, you’re limited in other furniture options. With some creative space-saving solutions, you can make the most of even limited bedroom space in a 10x10 bedroom.
Small spaces require you to think outside the box when it comes to arranging your furniture. Place a twin bed with the long side against the wall, and stack pillows along the back for a sleeping space that doubles as a couch-like seating area during the day. Don’t be afraid to place furniture in front of windows. If you center the bed beneath a window, the window itself can take the place of a decorative headboard. Make the most of closet space by placing shelves and even a dresser inside. If your dresser is deeper than the closet, simply remove the doors and replace them with a colorful curtain.
When floor space is at a premium, you can mount storage on the walls instead. Mount reclaimed kitchen or bathroom cabinets on the wall above a nightstand or desk to maximize your storage space. Paint the cabinets in bright colors to turn them into decorative pieces. Mount hooks on the walls or the back of the door for more hanging room. These hooks are ideal for towels, robes, hats, bags and even jewelry. For decorative pieces, such as a collection of stuffed animals, mount a long, thin shelf along the entire length of one wall, just a foot or two from the ceiling, which will keep it well out of the way of other items in the room while still displaying these pieces.
Color and Patterns
Vertical stripes are the best way to make a small space seem larger. Use striped wallpaper, beadboard or hand-painted stripes on the walls. While lighter colors can make a space seem a little larger, a single accent wall painted in a particularly dark or bold hue can give the room depth. Stick to a simple color scheme to keep the room from becoming too busy or overwhelming. A single color in multiple shades is an ideal way to do this. Grab a paint sample from a home improvement store, and use the multitude of shades within a single color as inspiration.
- Apartment Therapy: Small Bedroom Inspirations
- 500 Ideas for Small Spaces; Kimberley Seldon; 2007
- Living Large in Small Spaces; Marisa Bartolucci; 2003
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